509-J changes K-5 plan, approves alternative school

509-J changes K-5 plan, approves alternative school

MHS to split, start second school Fifth-graders will not be going to the middle school, under a...

New pipeline to more than double DVWD pumping capacity

New pipeline to more than double DVWD pumping capacity

First segment to be finished in March A project to add a new, 24-inch diameter pipe for pumping...

Preliminary injunction could cut water

Preliminary injunction could cut water

Filed Feb. 9 in federal court On Feb. 9, it was learned that a preliminary injunction to impose...

Farm water availability uncertain

Farm water availability uncertain

The seats were packed, and anxious farmers lined the walls at the Central Oregon Farm Fair Feb....

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TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO  - GED student Marquez Goldsby works in the lobby of Londer Learning Center last April.
February 11, 2016

Oregon GED students still struggling

by Shasta Kearns Moore
Critics say easier passing score isn't enough of a change Masked in Oregon’s recent celebration of higher graduation rates was the fact that 26 percent of the state’s students did not graduate…
SUSAN MATHENY - Biologist Marty Vaughn, left, and ODFW supervisor Bridget Moran spoke at the Farm Fair as part of a panel on how the Oregon spotted frog's habitat affects irrigation water supplies.
February 10, 2016

Panel explains frog situation

by Susan Matheny
Farmers hear options, litigation time line The Oregon spotted frog and irrigation issues were tackled by a panel Feb. 3, at the Central Oregon Farm Fair in Madras. Panel members included…
HOLLY M. GILL - Aquila, a blind golden eagle, is alert for visitors at last year's Eagle Watch celebration at Round Butte Overlook Park. This year's event will be held Feb. 27-28.
February 10, 2016

Eagle Watch celebration set

by Madras Pioneer
21st annual event offers family activities The 21st annual Eagle Watch celebration will be Feb. 27-28 at Round Butte Overlook Park. The free celebration honors eagles and other raptors that live…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Michael Meanus
February 10, 2016

Stabbing nets four years in prison

by Holly M. Gill
W.S. man sentenced Just days before he was scheduled to stand trial for stabbing a man, Michael Meanus, 54, of Warm Springs, changed his plea and was sentenced to prison for the Dec. 18…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - David Gardner
February 10, 2016

FedEx truck thief earns 13-month sentence

by Holly M. Gill
A man who drove off with a FedEx truck while the driver was delivering a package back in September was sentenced to prison Feb. 4, in the Jefferson County Circuit Court. David Kalani Gardner,…
February 10, 2016

Grassland begins to burn jackpot slash piles

by Madras Pioneeer
Fire managers on the Crooked River National Grassland plan to take advantage of favorable weather starting Feb. 10, to begin ignitions on around 500 acres of jackpot slash spread across three…
SUBMITTED ILLUSTRATION - The city of Madras and Jefferson County will consider a new, 'mixed use employment' zone at meetings on Feb. 23 and 24.
February 03, 2016

New zone to expand uses

by Holly M. Gill
City-county zone allows light industry A new commercial zone on the south end of Madras will expand development opportunities for owners of both city and county property in the corridor…
HOLLY M. GILL - Bartt Brick
February 03, 2016

Madras selects new city councilor

by Holly M. Gill
A retired banker was unanimously selected and seated as the newest member of the Madras City Council at the council's Jan. 26 meeting. Bartt Brick, 66, was unanimously selected from three…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - A two-vehicle crash on U.S. Highway 26, northwest of Warm Springs, claimed the life of a Vancouver, Wash., man Jan. 29.
February 03, 2016

Man killed in W.S. accident

by Madras Pioneer
A man was killed in a two-vehicle crash at 9 p.m., Jan. 29, on U.S. Highway 26 near milepost 93, seven miles northwest of Warm Springs. The preliminary investigations indicate vehicle a 2004…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - Ardith 'Wendy' Chancellor
February 03, 2016

Change of plea, sentencing set for former property manager

by Holly M. Gill
Former property manager Ardith "Wendy" Chancellor, 57, is expected to change her plea on charges of theft and forgery and face sentencing March 23. Chancellor, who operated the Madras Property…

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HOLLY M. GILL  - A 150-foot stretch of sidewalk, from the south end of the South Y Complex to L Street, will complete the city's pedestrian system from the north side of town all the way to Fairgrounds Road.
Feb 03, 2016

Sidewalk stretch last step in pedestrian project

by Holly M. Gill
A sidewalk extension along U.S. Highway 97, near L Street, was approved by the Madras City Council on Jan. 26, adding the final piece of connectivity for pedestrians on the south side of Madras.…
Feb 03, 2016

Hospital district to dissolve, fund scholarship

by Holly M. Gill
The Mountain View Hospital Board of Directors stuck with its original plan and earmarked all the district's remaining money to a scholarship fund at its Jan. 26 meeting. The hospital district is…
Feb 03, 2016

January weather warmer

by Madras Pioneer
Above normal temperatures predicted for February After a year of warmer than usual temperatures in Madras for 2015 , January started 2016 with temperatures that were slightly warmer than normal,…
SUBMITTED PHOTO - From left, Jefferson County Sheriff's Office Capt. Marc Heckathorn, deputy Tyler Anderson, Sgt. Jason Erickson, and Cpl. Ryan Grote attended Anderson's graduation ceremony Jan. 22, at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and Training in Salem.
Feb 03, 2016

Deputy graduates from DPSST

by Madras Pioneer
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office has announced the graduation of deputy sheriff Tyler Anderson from the 353rd Basic Police Class held at the Oregon Department of Public Safety Standards and…
Feb 03, 2016

Community grants available

by Madras Pioneer
If you have an idea for a community project, the city of Madras might have a grant for you. The city is currently accepting applications for its annual Community Grant Funding projects for the…
Feb 03, 2016

Two arrested for meth

by Madras Pioneer
Two Redmond residents were arrested for possession of methamphetamine on Jan. 19, in a remote area near Culver. At approximately 12:30 p.m., an Oregon State Police Fish and Wildlife trooper…
TONY AHERN - Though 'taking a number' is still common practice at the Madras DMV, office hours will reduce by 40 percent come March.
Jan 27, 2016

Madras DMV to switch to three-day week

by Gill, Holly M.
In March, will close Mondays and Fridays The Madras Department of Motor Vehicles' field office will no longer be open Mondays and Fridays, beginning in March. After decades as a five-day-a-week…
HOLLY M. GILL - A crew from Stedman Sheet Metal, of Redmond, applies sheet metal siding on the new Jefferson County Courthouse which will also include stone and concrete finishes on the exterior.
Jan 27, 2016

Crews work on both exterior, interior

by Holly M. Gill
July completion of courthouse anticipated Vapor barriers are up to keep moisture out and work on both the inside and outside of the new Jefferson County Courthouse is moving toward a July…
HOLLY M. GILL - School District 509-J is considering a plan to move fifth-graders into an unoccupied wing of the Jefferson County Middle School.
Jan 27, 2016

Board eyes reconfiguration proposal

by Susan Matheny
Parented asked to help develop perfect fifth grade Superintendent Rick Molitor gave his recommendation that the 509-J School District move to a K-4, 5-8 model for in-town elementaries, but…
SUSAN MATHENY - At last year's Point in Time Homeless Count, blankets were available to people attending the event.
Jan 27, 2016

Homeless event will not include full count this year

by Holly M. Gill
Community members who are homeless will be offered food and supplies, but will not necessarily be counted Thursday, Jan. 28, during the annual Point in Time Homeless Count. As always, the event…



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